JCADA's legal services are 100% free of charge and can be accessed in addition to or separately from clinical services.
Leaving an abusive relationship is scary enough. Entering into legal action can feel almost paralyzing. But we are here for you, and will help you through every step.
JCADA provides victims of power-based violence with direct legal representation in:
Protective Orders or Civil
Crime Victims’ Rights Representation
DISCLAIMER: JCADA is not able to provide representation except as described above. JCADA cannot guarantee representation, but we will try to refer you to an appropriate attorney.
INFORMATION AND REFERRALS
Power-based violence can affect many areas of a victim’s life, including custody, disability benefits, bankruptcy, taxes, immigration, and more.
In these cases, JCADA works to empower victims by:
Providing legal information, education & resources
Providing references to legal services or an attorney who may be able to offer free consultations, pro-bono or low-bono assistance
Hosting legal seminars and Know Your Rights presentations for victims and the community
IMPORTANT TERMS FOR VICTIMS
Navigating the legal side of power-based violence is complicated. The two definitions below are helpful for victims to know, because they impact next steps.
Protective Orders: These help protect survivors of power-based violence by ordering abusers not to abuse and to stay away from victims, victims' homes, victims' places of employment, etc.. Depending on the relationship between the victim and their abuser, these orders may also include other relief such as a child custody/visitation orders, financial support, use and possession of a car or pet, and more. Protective Orders may include other relief to protect survivors and are one part of a comprehensive safety plan.
Crime Victims' Rights: Victims have the right to be informed of the status of their criminal case, to be present in the courtroom, to give a Victim Impact Statement, to know when their abuser is released from jail or prison, and more. These rights are protected by law in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. JCADA's attorneys can help victims assert these rights and advocate to prosecutors on behalf of survivors.